Peace – Thanksgiving
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 NLT
Paul is under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit when he writes these words from a prison cell. In prison, he tells us not to worry but to pray—asking God for what we need and thanking Him for all He has done. This choice to offer prayers and thanksgiving results in God’s peace.
I have found in my personal life there is great power in prayer. When I find myself in anxiety, I spend extra time in prayer and worship. Talking to God about my concerns lifts my spirit and strengthens my faith. When I take time to thank God for what He has done in the past, it encourages me for what He can and will do in the future.
It is very easy to forget what God has done. We get focused on the problems of today and forget the victories of yesterday. I believe this is why God commanded the children of Israel in the Old Testament to have multiple annual feasts where they paused to remember the miracles of God’s work for them.
Perhaps, we should have more times of saying thanks. I try to take a significant part of my personal prayer time to thank God for His work in my life. This action helps build my faith and conquer my fears. God’s peace is the result of strong faith.
Holy Spirit, please help me to remember the incredible things You have done for me. Help me to rejoice in Your works in my life. May the peace of God fill every part of my life.
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